Have you STILL not joined the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour? What are you waiting for? Okay, I’ll wait.
Good, you’re back. Now here’s a guest post from the lovely Rhonda Parrish. She even wrote us a poem! The last stanza made me laugh.
Why I (Still) Love Zombies
by Rhonda Parrish
“You still like zombies?” she asked, taking a sip of her designer coffee and looking at me like something she scraped off her shoe. “But they are so overdone!”
And sure, recently there has been a freaking huge influx of zombified fiction (book-shaped and otherwise). And no, when we get around to it in the alphabet anthologies I’m editing I won’t be making Z is for Zombie, but you’re damned right I still loves me some zombies.
I’ve been fascinated with zombies since I was about eight years old. That’s when, at a family Christmas dinner, my cousins, siblings and I found my uncle’s copy of Dawn of the Dead and popped it into the VCR. Oh. My. Gawd. As soon as I watched the woman throw herself at the zombie that used to be her husband and him tear a chunk out of her shoulder? Dude. I was in love.
Over the years my zombie love (which is an awesome movie btw — Zombie Love (2007)) has remained strong, but not unchanged.
When I was younger I loved zombies for the gore that was associated with them. Then I went through a stage of being all about the symbolism of zombies, and their uncanny nature. These days, though the gore and the (ahem) “deeper meanings” to zombie fiction still hold an attraction for me, I think the main reason I love them is this:
ran the same thing
over and over
“This is not a test!”
All but one.
A Christian station
Sermons interspersed with donation calls
twenty four hours a day.
An atheist, she still listened
if only to hear a human voice
express an emotion
other than fear.
Still, looking out at the undead
shambling masses that filled the street
she had to chuckle when the preacher
offered eternal life
as some sort of reward.
That’s a poem I wrote a while back, and I think it captures it. I’m scared of dying, but zombies give me this whole other thing to be afraid of. Something worse than death — undeath. And they give it to me in a safe way. It is rather unlikely I’m going to see the apocalypse, right? In a weird way, I think that helps me come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, someday I am going to die.
Not to mention there’s that whole “apocalypse” part of the zombie apocalypse. C’mon, who doesn’t love playing with the idea of the end of the world?
My most recent zombie release isn’t overtly apocalyptic though, not in the traditional sense of the word, anyway. It’s all about seeing the funny in zombies. Waste Not (And Other Funny Zombie Stories) is a collection of three of my funny zombie stories. It’s got revenge, the zombie uprising from the point of view of a cat AND zombie munchkins. It’s tough to be afraid of death when you’re laughing along at zombie stories, amirite?
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2651534.Rhonda_Parrish
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie
AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily: